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Fixing the “Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container” Error

​Getting  "Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container" Error? So, we have a solution for you.

Those who use Windows would know that when you have files or folders on your computer, you can keep them private by activating permissions. This makes it very easy for us to choose and protect the files or folders that we want to hide while keeping the others public. In order to assign permissions, all you would be required to do is as follows:

  • Right-click on the folder or file.
  • Click on "Properties."
  • Switch to the "Security" tab.
  • Configure whether you want to assign permission or revoke it from folders or file already with permission.

Usually, due to incorrect settings or some kind of clash in permissions, you might find yourself unable to change the permission. This also happens if you try to change the permissions of a file or folder that you are not an owner of. When such a situation occurs, you see a notification on the screen with the words "Access is denied. Failed to enumerate objects in the container."

Fixing the "Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container" Error
Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container

Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container

"Access is denied. Failed to enumerate objects in the container."For Windows 10 

In order to get rid of this and be able to change the permissions for certain files or folders, you can follow some simple steps.

  • The first thing you need to do is to right-click on the folder or file you need to change the permissions of. When the drop-down menu appears, click on "Properties."
Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container
  • When the Properties window open, switch to the "Security" option and click on "Advanced." 
Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container
  • Click on the "Change" button. This would open up a textbox where you can enter your username. Click on the "Check names" option when you are done typing and click "OK." 
Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container
Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container
  • When you click "OK," you will be sent back to the window in step 2. Check the checkboxes for replacing the owner on sub-containers and objects and for replacing the child object permission entries.
  • Once you have checked the above two checkboxes, you can click on "OK."
  • If the Windows Security asks you if you want to replace all the permissions on the descendants of the object, you should click "Yes."
Failed to Enumerate Objects in the Container
  • Now, you can change the permissions for any of your folders and files like you would normally do.

For Older Windows Versions

The steps above were for Windows 10. However, if you have an older version of Windows, other than a few steps, all the other steps are similar. You would be able to easily change permission with the following steps.

  • The first and second steps are similar to that of Windows 10.
  • When the new window opens, click on the "Change" button in the "Advanced Security Setting." Click "Advanced" in "Select User or Group" and click "Find Now." This would show all the user accounts under the "Search Results." Click the user account you want to give permission to then click OK -> OK -> Apply -> OK.
  • Step 4, 5, 6, and 7 are the same as above.